Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals provided the Orioles a reason to be cautiously optimistic. The reason, it was the second consecutive Matt Harvey start of 6 innings pitched. Add to that the fact that Harvey didn’t allow a run in those starts and it is easy to see why the optimism needle is moving, ever so slightly.
Harvey limited the Nationals on Saturday to 1 hit, a Trea Turner double in the 4th inning, over those 6.0 innings pitched. He also retired the both the 10 batters before that double and the 8 batters after it. Harvey finished with a line of 6.0 IP, 1 H, 4K and the win.
Over the past two starts Harvey has pitched 12.0 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6; he was the winning pitcher in both starts.
The bullpen duo of Adam Plutko and Tanner Scott allowed the Nationals to get back into the game (2.0 IP, 3 R, 3H, 2 K, 2 HB, 1 HR allowed combined) but Dillon Tate shut the door with a 1 hit, 2 strikeout 9th inning and was credited with the save.
Ryan Mountcastle (2 for 3, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 Run scored, 1 RBI, 1 BB) and Trey Mancini (2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 Runs scored, 1 RBI) led the offense with help from Cedric Mullins (2 for 4, 1 double, 2 Runs scored) and Austin Hays (1 for 4, 1 Run scored, 1 RBI).
On another note, Washington pitching held Ramon Urias hitless (0 for 4, 3 strikeouts), ending his six-game hitting streak.
2021 Record: 33-64
Next Game: Sun. July 25 @ 1:05pm